Our ingredients

All ingredients in Dr. Hauschka products have a function and a purpose. Careful thought goes into the selection and sourcing of the raw materials as well as the way in which the individual ingredients are combined to form complete Dr. Hauschka products. And our ingredients always adhere to the highest quality standards.

Quince

Quince

Plant profile

The shrub-like quince is a small tree that can grow to between 9 to 12 feet tall. From May to June, it produces large cup-shaped flowers which are white to delicate pink in colour. More

Quince Day Cream ingredients

Why is quince used as an ingredient in Dr. Hauschka products?

Quince is naturally talented when it comes to hydration. It helps to store moisture and sustainably fortify the skin’s natural protective barrier. A special feature of quince wax is that it protectively envelops the fruits in the wild. It transfers this same ability to the skin, thereby providing it with gentle protection. Quince seed extract is always freshly produced and has hydrating properties. It soothes the skin, leavingit soft and smooth.

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Quince wax
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Quince Day Cream

Quince Day Cream

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Full list of Quince Day Cream ingredients
Water (Aqua), Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Pyrus Cydonia Seed Extract, Alcohol, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Althaea Officinalis Leaf Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Pyrus Cydonia Peel/Fruit Wax, Lysolecithin, Bentonite, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citral*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Eugenol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Farnesol*, Xanthan Gum.

We have long since valued quince as an important component in Dr. Hauschka products. The quinces that we use come from certified biodynamic cultivation or are ethically wild harvested.

Dr. Constanze Stiefel
Raw material expert and member of the pharmaceutical/scientific information team at WALA, the manufacturer of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care

Origin, cultivation and processing

Originally from Western Asia and South-East Arabia, cultivation has led to worldwide availability of the quince , especially in Southern and Central Europe. Like apples and pears, its close relatives, the quince is a member of the rose family.More

Quitte - Dr.Hauschka

The cultivation of quince dates back to ancient Greece where it was regarded as a symbol of happiness, love and fertility.

Quitte - Dr.Hauschka

Quince is a member of the rose family. So too are its close relatives apples and pears.

Quitte - Dr.Hauschka

Even when fully ripe, the aromatically fragranced quince fruit should not be eaten raw: the flesh is very tart and remains hard and woody.

Quitte - Dr.Hauschka

Dr. Hauschka is the only skin care manufacturer to use not only quince seeds but also protective and breathable quince wax.

Quince

Plant profile

The shrub-like quince is a small tree that can grow to between 9 to 12 feet tall. From May to June, it produces large cup-shaped flowers which are white to delicate pink in colour. The fruits weigh between 1/2 to 1 lb and are pear or apple-shaped depending on the variety. They are covered in a characteristic felty coating, which wipes off easily revealing a wax-coated skin that emanates a sweet, fresh fragrance. The ripe fruits are harvested from September to October. If the fruits are to be stored, the best time to harvest can be determined based on their color: they turn from green to bright yellow. Although it has been cultivated by mankind for thousands of years, quince has undergone little change as a result of selection and has thus largely retained the character of a wild fruit.

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Quince
Quince

Origin, cultivation and processing

Originally from Western Asia and South-East Arabia, cultivation has led to worldwide availability of the quince , especially in Southern and Central Europe. Like apples and pears, its close relatives, the quince is a member of the rose family.

The quince provides two interesting raw materials with very different properties: quince wax and quince seed extract.

The quince wax used in Dr. Hauschka products is produced at WALA’s doorstep: Quince from Spain are pressed nearby in Baden-Württemberg to produce fresh quince juice. The wax is obtained from the “pomace”--what remains following the pressing process.

Every year, some 60 tons of pomace are processed to create quince wax for our products. What makes quince wax so fascinating is that depending on the variety and year the yield from the dried pomace can fluctuate between 0.7 and 1.5 percent. This makes stocking the right amount of raw material needed particularly challenging.

The wax is obtained through a procedure known as CO2—carbon dioxide—extraction. The dried pomace is placed in pressurized containers with liquid carbon dioxide where the quince wax is carefully separated from the rest of the pomace. This procedure does not create any waste and is organically certified.

Once we have obtained the wax and it has passed our quality control tests, it is heated and incorporated into our skin care formulations, such as Quince Face Day Cream or our Eyeliners.

A second key ingredient for Dr. Hauschka products is also found within the quince. Quince seeds are surrounded by a highly absorbent coating. If the seeds are placed in water overnight, the mucilage in this coating swells. The next day, the soaked quince seeds are manually pressed. This exacting procedure, developed by Dr. Hauschka Skin Care many years ago, is used to obtain the valuable quince seed extract.

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